Yes, a heavy black wool fabric. I was thinking of a bespoke pea coat.
Thanks for this, I'll go check it out.
Does that mean Kaufman won't have WWII pea coats? Where's the best place to get my hands on them?
I was getting ready to list everything on eBay this fall, but I'll throw this out here first: I'm selling my collection WWII peacoats, including a couple that are in almost perfect shape. I'd frankly rather sell them to someone who loves vintage peacoats.
- WWII Size 34 (older WWII with cotton lining and slightly slimmer) - fantastic condition with very light wear. Not
- WWII Size 34 (satin lining) - purchased in as mint condition that I can dream up (the only thing I could imagine more mint would be 70-year-old original packaging - has blank name tag and everything). This was my "SCORE!" coat and only light wear since (drycleaned once, and one loose button that I just haven't gotten around to fixing).
- WWII Size 36 (with ORIGINAL SIZE TAG!) - really good condition - light wear/mothing. Purchased because I wanted to measure a for-sure size 36. Yes, I'm a nerd - those size tags are practically nonexistent.
- WWII Size 38/40 - excellent condition, incredibly light wear. Purchased without knowing size, so way too big but great condition.
I'm anal "detail oriented" regarding condition and have been over all of them very carefully. All have the chinstrap. I love peacoats and if it weren't for the fact that I have really narrow shoulders and only the Real McCoys modified fit works on me (ridiculously awesome peacoat, by the way, incredibly faithful to the originals I have), I would keep the two 34s. If anyone's interested, PM me. But be serious and willing to pay in line with Vintage Trends' prices for comparable condition.
I'm looking at getting a bespoke peacoat, but I'm having trouble choosing a fabric. I thought about cashmere, but it doesn't seem very durable for everyday wear. My tailor recommended a 12oz flannel seeing as I live in LA where it rarely, if ever, gets below 40F. He figures a 12oz would be more wearable on an ordinary winter's day in SoCal. However, I don't think I've ever seen a flannel peacoat so I'm having trouble deciding whether it would work or not. Does anybody have any advice?